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New England-Style Baked Beans With Thick-Cut Bacon

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“In ‘Flour, Too’ by Joanne Chang”
3hrs 30mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large stockpot, combine the beans and water to cover by about 2 inches and bring to a boil over high heat.
  2. Decrease heat to med-low, cover, and cook, adding more water as needed to keep the beans covered, for about 1 hour, or until the beans are tender.
  3. Remove from the heat and drain; set aside.
  4. Return the stockpot to the stove.
  5. Add the bacon and cook over med-high heat, stirring often, for 3-4 minutes, or until the fat has rendered and the bacon starts to crisp.
  6. Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, for 3-4 minutes longer or until translucent.
  7. Decrease heat to low and add the molasses, brown sugar, vinegar, mustard, and salt.
  8. Mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  9. Add the drained beans and stir until well mixed.
  10. Cook over low heat for 20-30 minutes, or until the liquid has been absorbed.
  11. Stir in the tomato paste and 2 cups water and continue to cook for 1 hour longer.
  12. The beans should be thick but not stiff, soft but not soupy.
  13. Taste and adjust seasoning with more salt or mustard if needed and add more water as needed to achieve a good consistency.
  14. Serve immediately.

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